Hilary Masters was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He served as a Naval Correspondent toward the end of WWII, worked on the Washington Daily News, and graduated from Brown University. He nearly won a seat in the New York State Assembly, losing by only 1200 votes out of 42,000. He was the first Democrat candidate to carry one county in the district in 37 years. His novels include The Common Pasture, An American Marriage, and Palace of Strangers. His short stories have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Prairie Schooner, the Massachusetts Review, the Georgia Review, the Ohio Review, the Quarterly Review of Literature, and elsewhere. When he is not lecturing on literature and writing, he lives in a small village in upstate New York.
Sep 01 1981
The Sound of Pines
Sep 01 1981
The sound of Pines
A thick mist obscures the road, and there is a black sedan with the headlights burning. It is impossible to tell the time of day: whether it is afternoon or evening or if the night has only just surrendered to the dawn. The road is straight and flat and with only two lanes. The heavy fog hides billboards, even utility poles and the other road marks that might give the car’s occupants a sense of motion. Only the regular clump-clump of the car’s tires over the pavement divisions suggests they are going somewhere.